A Research-Based Development Economics Course for Undergraduates
35 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 28, 2013
We present details of a research-based course in development economics taught at a private liberal arts college to undergraduates. There were three key elements in this class: first, teaching of applied econometrics, second, group presentations reviewing published and working papers in development economics, and third, using concepts taught in class to write an original research paper. The project needed to use econometric analyses on an existing data set that was available online to answer a question in development economics. We illustrate how the three elements of the class complemented each other and provide a case study as an example.
Keywords: teaching development economics, upper-level elective, applied econometrics
JEL Classification: O12, A22, A13
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